i link you

January 22, 2015

i link you

i link you - 25

it’s been a loooong time since i’ve linked you. but it’s back. here are six DIY projects i would love to make. but most likely won’t.

01. beautiful watercolor tableware by fall for diy. but i’m pretty afraid of these porcelain paints claiming to be non-toxic, so i’d play it safe and use for catchalls
02. i’ve been wanting to make some gods eyes, and i love the handmade vibe of this one by elise vaughn for simply grove
03. dude. they made incense. apparently you can like make incense, by heidi’s bridge for poppytalk
04. i would probably put one of these scented satchets by house tweaking in every single room
05. most likely the prettiest jump rope of all time by turning it home
06. simple leather keychains by homey oh my that i want to make for every set of spares we have laying around

diy sea salt spray + printable labels

January 21, 2015

beauty / diy / downloads / valentines day

diy sea salt spray for hair | almost makes perfect

remember yesterday when i said i love valentines day? well a day later and i still do. after my trip to hawaii, i picked up a bag of hawaiian sea salt (and a couple as souvenirs for my family) – and i decided to make a little valentines gift for the special ladies in my life.

i have wavy hair naturally, but unless i just got out of the shower – it usually needs a little help. so i will stick my hair in the sink and wet it, or i will use sea salt spray. i’ve been using bumble & bumble surf spray for years, but i wanted to learn how to make your own. if you don’t know about sea salt spray – it basically is supposed to replicate the way your hair looks when you come out of the ocean (all beachy and wavy and textured) the verdict so far with my formula is that it’s working and cost me like no money!

diy sea salt spray | almost makes perfect sea salt spray diy

* i used these small 4 oz. spray bottles so if you’re going to use a bottle that’s larger, just increase the measurements.

INGREDIENTS

spray bottles
a little less than 4 ounces of hot water (not boiling, just get your faucet super hot)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (adds stiffness)
1/2 teaspoon epson salt (less stiffness)
1 teaspoon of conditioning oil (coconut or almond or whatever, i used my husbands citrus beard oil because i love the scent)
a small dab of gel (you can use hair gel or aloe vera gel)
a small dab of leave in conditioner

DIRECTIONS

fill your bottle with the hot water, add together the remaining ingredients. shake the bottle HARD for about 1-2 minutes (it’s fun to hear the fizzy sound at first, then it gets boring).

that’s it. that’s all you do. you can modify your recipe for your hair (less oil if you have oily hair, you can add more scent, etc) and it takes like 5 minutes to make it!

once your bottle is shaken and dry, apply the printable labels! (you can tell i’m still on my lettering kick) you can print the labels on any round label paper, or whatever shape you have or want.

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printable valentines cards

January 20, 2015

downloads / holiday / valentines day

valentines cards printables | almost makes perfect

valentines day will be here before we know it – so i made some printable valentines for you guys to give your sweeties. i’m usually not very girly unless it’s valentines day and then i go all f-ing out. last year i wore a pink skirt even. and i made scrambled eggs in the shape of a heart. i guess i love valentines day, because i love love.

printable valentines cards | almost makes perfect printable valentines cards | almost makes perfect

you know the drill : print on paper or cardstock and trim with an xacto or scissors. write your valentine a sappy or sexy message on the back.

free printable valentines cards | almost makes perfect

payday wishlist

January 16, 2015

wish list

it’s friday! after about two years of working freelance at home, my husband recently got a new job – which makes me very happy. but i’m also now reminiscing about us working from home together and i definitely have not appreciated the weekend as much as i do now. we’re going on a dinner date and i really want to see big eyes – but we never end up seeing movies in theaters, so how about i just say that i want to see it. i also want to see top five. hope you guys have a lovely weekend!

wishlist | 82

01. would this not make the best fruit bowl ever? plus it’s for a good cause.
02. i’m in love with these uncomfortable ikea chairs. DIY cushions?
03. we light a lot of incense due to a lot of cat poop, this beauty would replace our tea can holder.
04. jewelry storage is one of those things i’ll never be good at. the few things i wear are always scattered everywhere.
05. such a pretty bag. a girl can dream. also she can maybe DIY it.
06. remember when i said a girl can dream? she will dream about the scrambled egg spoon fo life.
07. last week we all agreed we couldn’t afford that copper watering can. well how about this mister instead?!
08. i eat a lot of toast. A LOT. is that enough of a reason? probably not.
09. usually i shy away from colors in our apartment, but i am sooo into this [very affordable] rug.

diy marble moon phase wall hanging

January 14, 2015

diy

diy marble moon phase wall hanging | almost makes perfect

because moon phases are currently my favorite thing, i really wanted to make an easy wall hanging for our bedroom. so i created this one in about 20 minutes!

diy marble moon phase wall hanging | almost makes perfect

materials

diy moon phase hanging

01. soften up your clay and shape out your black balls (teehee), i used each slice of the package as a separate ball (teehee).

02. add a bunch of small pieces of white to your black and roll around in your hands to get the white to spread organically like marble. careful not to blend the white in too well or you’ll have to start over. (you may remember this technique from this post)

how to marble clay

03. roll out each piece using your rolling pin (that you obviously don’t use with food because that would be nuts).

04. using the circular cookie cutter, shape a circle. to get the crescent moon shapes, press the circle in again lower. cut out all the shapes you’d like using the various cookie cutters.

05. let the clay cool off from your hands if necessary – then poke a hole in the top of each piece using a toothpick, and bake according to the package directions.

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06. once baked and cooled, tie your pieces together. this was super hard to figure out how to do / photograph, so gideon drew this diagram for you. basically — you loop the thread through with your needle, and knot on the backside. try to space yours out better than we did.

moon phase chime | how to tie

07. tie a loop at the top of your string and hang!

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hawaii

January 12, 2015

travel

hawaii

we got back from our trip to hawaii last week – we went with my new in-laws, and had an amazing week. we’ve gone to maui with them in the past, but this time we stayed on the big island. at first, i thought maui was a little cooler – but i ended up loving the big island. we drove almost around the entire island, and there was so much different scenery and climates. it was really amazing.

unfortunately, i didn’t bring my actual camera – and found out during the trip how truly shitty my iphone camera has gotten. it seems like the camera lens just expires (way before your upgrade) – so i’m now desperate to switch providers so i can get an iphone 6. have you guys noticed your camera being horrible after a year?!

hawaii | almost makes perfect

we stayed in a rental house with an amazing pool and view, so we hung around in the pool quite a bit and relaxed. we also explored a few cute towns like hilo, hawi + honokaa.

A FEW PLACES WE ATE
lava lava (right on the beach, during happy hour they have live music, which we missed)
kona brewing company (really good pizza)
grandma’s kitchen for brunch
bamboo restaurant (i loved their potstickers)
huggo’s (mai tais on the sand)

hawaii shave ice sign

despite the shitty iphone camera, i got an underwater case for christmas – and got a LOT of use out of it. it’s now my favorite item.

hawaii - underwater camera hawaii - gid underwater

we went ATVing one day, but i chickened out after having crashed a moped 9 years ago, so we took the dune buggy driven by the guide through the eucalyptus forrest – and it was amazing. i highly recommend skipping the ATVing and just riding on the buggy. you go way faster and get to look around a ton more.

we also drove hours and hours to see volcano, which was pretty amazing – but the lava was closed.

hawaii volcano

i highly recommend the big island if you’re visiting hawaii! sorry i didn’t collect more tips, but i was busy having a blast.

hawaii

+ also, i realized i never did a post on our honeymoon in tulum. oops. i guess i’ll do that if you guys want?!

payday wishlist

January 9, 2015

wish list

because it’s the first week of january – today’s wish list is all about january cliches.
also! i’m introducing a new feature to the wish lists where you can click on most items to go directly to the source. YAY. let me know if you have any issues with it.

happy friday!

 

01. i will always say i will keep plants alive. i will never keep plants alive. i still want a fancy watering can though.
02. i’m always searching for pretty new throw pillows, this year my resolution is to buy one or two.
03. i love collecting cookbooks, but like for real. i never cook from them. and i really want to. and i want this one.
04. i tend to be sooo bad at remembering to send thank you notes. shame on me.
05. why are electric toothbrushes sooo ugly?  all black makes almost all things look better.
06. writing things down is super helpful. i am a chronic list maker. i need pretty places to write said lists.